Are we learning yet?
“For the final vote," says Evan Bayh, "I see no distinction between substance and procedure.” That is to say, if he decides to vote against the bill, he'll also vote against breaking a filibuster.
How about now?
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin isn't inflating anybody's expectations about Harry Reid's chances for passing a health care bill with a public option on the Senate floor. On MSNBC last night, Durbin said it would be a hard slog. "We're working on it, struggling," he said.
I think the real question is what form of a health care reform bill can garner 50 votes in the Senate and 218 votes in the House via the reconciliation process. Regular order is dead. Maybe the Village will start dealing with that reality soon.
Speaking for me only
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